No misconduct among election committee members, says PKR after MACC arrests

PETALING JAYA: PKR has declared that that none of its party central election committee (JPP) members are involved in any form of misconduct following the conclusion of an internal probe launched after the arrest of two Kedah JPP members on Sunday (Sept 16) for asking for bribes.

“The JPP launched a thorough internal investigation on all members, and we want to state here that there are no staff members or officers from the JPP central secretariat are involved in any form of activities against the rules and ethics of the 2018 party polls,” said the party's JPP chairman Datuk Rashid Din.

Rashid was speaking to reporters during a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Merchant Square on Tuesday (Sept 18).

He said the arrest of the two Kedah JPP members would not affect the party's electoral process, as the JPP had already identified replacements to take over the duties of the duo.

Rashid said the committee would continue to monitor all JPP officers involved in the party polls which will kick off from Saturday (Sept 22) and run until Oct 28.

“We welcome the swift action by Kedah MACC in addressing the issue.

"The JPP is always ready to cooperate will all quarters to ensure that the 2018 party polls takes place with transparency, integrity and with adherence with the rules and regulation.”

Rashid also maintained that the party polls would not be delayed due to the impending Port Dickson polls, which would see its incoming party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim contesting.

“It cannot be delayed. We are in full swing and preparations are at 90% already.”

The PKR polls is expected to be concluded later in November.

The two Kedah PKR JPP members, aged 46 and 48, were detained for allegedly asked for RM20,000 from a candidate to ensure that his name remained in the system for the party divisional election.

According to a source, the suspects told the candidate that his name would be dropped from the list of candidates unless he paid the money.

The case is being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC act for corruptly soliciting, receiving or agreeing to receive any gratification as an inducement or reward.

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